Packet Content (approx.): 670 (1.4g)
- Tatsoi (or Tah Tsai) is a cold hardy, easy to grow member of the mustard family with dark green, spoon shaped leaves. The whole plant grows in a compact rosette form about 6 inches wide that hugs the ground in cold weather. In warmer weather, and with some varieties, the plant may be more upright. In general, tatsoi is a cool weather loving crop, and often survives the winter in a cold frame.
- Tatsoi is more flavorful than its close relative pak choi, but still mild to my taste buds. The young leaves are good raw in salads, and it is a popular ingredient in commercial baby salad mixes where its dark green leaves contrast nicely with the lighter colors of lettuces. The older leaves can be used in soups, stir-fried, sautéed or wilted. The whole plant can be chopped up for use at any stage, even after it has started to bolt and form flowers. Leaves will regrow after a partial cutting if the growing point is left intact, which makes it useful in cut and come again mixes.
- The traditional time to sow tatsoi is in autumn. Early spring plantings are apt to bolt prematurely if left to grow to full size. Tatsoi is fairly fast growing. Young plants may be harvested in three to four weeks after planting, while full grown plants are usually ready in less than two months. In areas with mild summers it can be sown from spring through fall, but it really doesnt do that well with our hot and humid summers. Tatsoi is not picky about soil types, but does appreciate a nice fertile soil with some added nitrogen.
CN Tatsoi is an Oriental Vegetable ideal for For salads & stir-fries
Straightforward, fast growing and versatile with dense thick, glossy green spoon shaped leaves on short stiff stems. Mild flavour. Quick maturing. CN Tatsoi produces robust leaves that handle and wash well and is therefore a popular standard with babyleaf producers. Quick maturing and stable over different.
Tatsoi by nature has a rosette type plant habit but can be manipulated to an upright habit for mechanical harvest when grown at high density.
- Outdoors: sow thinly, March-October where they are to crop, 1.5cm (½") deep, directly into finely-prepared, fertile, well-drained soil, which has already been watered.
- Sow May to August for mature heads or baby leaf. Allow 40cm (16") between rows.
- Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Keep well watered in dry spells.
- Harvest un-thinned as baby leaves, or thin to 25cm (10") apart to produce mature plants.
- Regular sowings, made every two to three weeks, will ensure a continuous supply.
- For baby leaf only, sow March to May and September to October under cloches or fleece.
- Harvest: mature heads between June and October and baby leaf from May to December.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Plant in the greenhouse in individual large pots, or 3 plants per growbag when 20cm (8in) high. Can be planted outdoors, 45cm (18in) apart once all frost risk has passed
Suitable for the Garden, vegetable garden, allotments, borders and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.